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Red Sox Minor Lines: Rehabbers gather in Pawtucket

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Four rehab assignments in Triple-A

Pawtucket L 3-5

Gorkys Hernández, CF: 1-2, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB

Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: 2-3, 1 2B

Bryce Brentz, LF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 RB, 1 RBI

Josh Ockimey, 1B: 0-4, 2 K

Rusney Castillo, DH: 0-4

Cole Sturgeon, RF: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Óscar Hernández, C: 2-4, 1 K

Brian Johnson: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K (62 pitches)

Steven Wright: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (26 pitches)

Travis Lakins: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (2 pitches)

Tyler Thornburg: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (18 pitches)

Kyle Hart: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K (33 pitches)

It was a day of rehabbing down in Pawtucket, with four guys on a rehab assignment playing in the game. Lin was the only position player among them, smacking a couple of hits in his second game back. Right now there’s no clear spot on the major-league roster for the utility man, but that could change. On the pitching side, Johnson made his fourth rehab assignment and is looking a bit better, though four hits and a walk in four innings isn’t great. Wright was pitching for the first time this year and will need more time to get himself set. Thornburg, meanwhile, had a good first game back from his injury. None of these guys will make the biggest impact, but their return will/would be welcome.

Portland L 2-4 (F/12)

Jarren Duran, CF: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Brett Netzer, 2B: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Bobby Dalbec, 3B: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K

Joey Curletta, DH: 0-5, 3 K

Duran is really starting to struggle a bit in Portland after his recent promotion, though obviously that’s at least somewhat to be expected. We’re talking about six games, of course, but his batting average is down to .174 in that stretch. As we’ve mentioned before, he is still getting on base plenty with a .345 OBP. Duran should come around, but those hoping he’d cruise through this level too are finding out that’s much easier said than done.

Salem W 2-1 (F/6)

Victor Acosta, DH: 2-3, 1 SB

Ryan Fitzgerald, SS: 0-3

Pedro Castellanos, 1B: 0-3

Marcus Wilson, CF: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Edgar Corcino, LF: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Kutter Crawford: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K (90 pitches)

Rain forced this game to end prematurely, but a couple of home runs allowed Salem to pick up the win in the six-inning contest. Wilson hit one of those homers as he continues to heat up following a brutal start to his Red Sox career. The former Diamondback prospect who came over in the Blake Swihart trade is hitting .313/.384/.547 in 19 games since being demoted to Salem. Over his last four games he has seven hits. Crawford, meanwhile, had his best start since at least May 13, which was also the last time he made it more than five innings in an outing.

Greenville W 7-4

Cole Brannen, CF: 3-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB

Tyler Esplin, RF: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K

Devlin Granberg, DH: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 R, 3 RBI

Jordan Wren, LF: 1-5, 1 R, 2 RBI

Triston Casas, 1B: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 R

Brayan Bello: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (92 pitches)

Greenville jumped out to a big 3-0 lead in the top half of the first thanks to Granberg’s home run — his fifth of the year — and while they did fall behind briefly in the game they were able to recover thanks to Wren’s go-ahead homer in the fifth. It was Brannen at the top of the lineup who was most interesting, though, with his second consecutive three-hit game. He hadn’t done that once before this weekend, but hopefully this is a spark for the struggling former second rounder.